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What are the implications of Brexit for UK food?

The UK could vote on its membership of the EU in little more than four months but little attention has been paid to what impact an exit coul...

just-food's pick: Innovation on show at ISM 2016

When ISM, the world's largest confectionery and snack trade fair, closed its doors for 2016 last week around 38,500 visitors had been throug...

Foodservice focus: McDonald's/Five Guys/Starbucks

January saw signs McDonald's moves to revitalise its domestic business are gaining traction, Pizza Hut look to boost its own US sales in par...

Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever spreads sales?

Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning...

Mondelez International's 2015 results and outlook for 2016 - 7 things to learn 4 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Mondelez International's shares took a tumble yesterday on the back of its 2015 numbers and its forecasts for 2016 - and were down again today. Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld called the last 12 months "a year of very strong results" and, although conceding volumes would again be under pressure, forecast further improvement in profitability. What should we take away from the figures and from its outlook for the months ahead? Dean Best investigates.

Talking shop January 2016 – Wal-Mart's revamp, Supervalu's spin-off, Casino scrutiny 3 Feb 2016

Katy Askew

January brought further evidence of the seismic shifts taking place in the global retail sector. Established retailers have largely responded to these challenges through an emphasis on cost cutting and price slashing. Others, however, continued to benefit with the likes of Lidl, Casino and Intermarche all expanding in the month. Here is just-food's digest of the top retailer stories from the past 31 days. 

How 2015 olive oil prices in Europe could direct strategy in 2016 1 Feb 2016

Jacques Dupré and Anne Lefranc, IRI

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by factors that are still having an impact on production. Jacques Dupré, insight director for IRI in France and Anne Lefranc, the market research group's European marketing director, analyse the data.

Why Lactalis swooped for Romanian dairy Albalact 29 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem like the most promising growth market. However, there are signs of modernisation of the dairy sector and dairy consumption is expected to pick up. Katy Askew reports. 

How concerned are US consumers about cage-free eggs? 28 Jan 2016

Ben Cooper

In recent months, a series of major companies in the US have announced they will switch to cage-free eggs - but how interested are consumers? Ben Cooper reports.

Can Yildiz Holding's new snacks unit match its ambitions? 27 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

Yildiz Holding is restructuring its confectionery and biscuit businesses, uniting the likes of United Biscuits, Ülker and Godiva under a single umbrella subsidiary. The Turkish conglomerate has some ambitious growth targets for the new unit. Katy Askew takes a look at whether it can deliver.

How other milk alternatives are gaining on soy milk in US - analysis 27 Jan 2016

Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director at Canadean

Soy milk was the first alternative to milk and has grown to become a significant category in its own right in markets in North America and western Europe. However, alternatives to the alternative are gaining ground. Tom Vierhile, innovation insights director at Canadean, analyses the competition.

just-food's three top tips for M&A deals in 2016 26 Jan 2016

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk runs the rule over the potential deals that could be struck in the food industry in 2016 - and puts forward three companies that could be targets.

How is Unilever preparing for a difficult 2016? 19 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get worse. So how is the ice cream-to-condiments manufacturer preparing? 

Can Inventure Foods overcome the challenges of 2015?  14 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

The management at Inventure Foods took the opportunity to present a roadmap for returning the US group to profitability at the ICR conference in Florida this week. However, with shares remaining at a 52-week low, it would appear the market remains as yet unconvinced by the company's prospects. Katy Askew reports. 

General Mills aims to milk demand for yoghurt in Brazil - analysis 14 Jan 2016

Hannah Abdulla

General Mills secured its entry into the fledgling but growing Brazilian yoghurt market with the acquisition of local player Carolina just before Christmas. But, with Carolina's tiny market share, will the move pay off in meeting General Mills' wider ambitions for growth in emerging markets?

Can Hain Celestial compete as Big Food goes natural? 13 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

Hain Celestial has been a chief beneficiary of the growth in the US natural and organic food categories. However, with sales under pressure, can the company compete against the larger food manufacturers eyeing growth in the sectors? Katy Askew investigates. 

Why General Mills must tread carefully with new asset Epic Provisions 11 Jan 2016

Dean Best

Either side of Christmas, General Mills turned to M&A to try to inject some growth into its business. On 23 December, the company announced a move to buy Brazilian yoghurt maker Carolina to bolster its operations outside the US. Last week, General Mills swooped again, this time domestically, snapping up fledgling US meat snacks firm Epic Provisions, another sign of the attractiveness of protein, snacks and sustainability for food majors. However, the Cheerios maker will have to be judicious in the way it manages the new asset. Dean Best reports.

Foodservice focus December 2015 - Chipotle rocked, Yum! Brands in China, Burger King in Africa 8 Jan 2016

Dean Best

December saw the scrutiny on Chipotle Mexican Grill intensify as the under-pressure US fast-casual chain battled to restore its reputation after a series of food safety scares. Chipotle's success has been built on its ingredient claims and the initiatives on sourcing continued throughout the industry with a series of announcements. Meanwhile, two US fast-food giants, Yum! Brands and Burger King, outlined its ambitions in emerging markets.

Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons 7 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month. 

Orkla seeking strength in small markets with Hamé buy  17 Dec 2015

Katy Askew

Nordic food group Orkla is expanding its presence in central Europe through the acquisition of Czech Republic-based Hamé. The deal offers cost and revenue synergies and expands Orkla's presence in categories that are complementary to its portfolio. It also feeds into Orkla's strategy of focusing on regional categories and markets where it can build scale but which have, on the whole, gone under the radar of multinational competitors. Katy Askew reports. 

What impact could new EU novel food rules have on NPD? 8 Dec 2015

Kitty So

The EU's new novel food regulations will provide greater clarity and reduce the administrative burden for food manufacturers, as well as boost the sector’s competitiveness, according to industry experts.

Foodservice focus November 2015 - hotels mega-deal, Le Duff in Africa, Chipotle e. coli outbreak 8 Dec 2015

Dean Best

It was a month in which Marriott and Starwood announced a deal to create the world's largest hotels group, France's Groupe Le Duff outlined plans to expand in Africa and Chipotle was rocked by an e. coli outbreak.

How does PepsiCo communicate sustainability to consumers? 3 Dec 2015

Ben Cooper

In the second part of just-food's examination of PepsiCo's approach to sustainability, Ben Cooper looks at how the company communicates its sustainable business values to consumers, in particular through the launch of its new microsite.

Talking shop November 2015 – Amazon, Alibaba and Asda 3 Dec 2015

Katy Askew

Online giants Amazon and Alibaba eyed expansion into new markets, sourcing was put in the spotlight as Wal-Mart owned Asda launched a range rationalisation in the UK, while Casino and Dia formed a strategic purchasing alliance. 

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